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June 1, 2010

White Sox promote 3B Brent Morel to AAA-Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2010 12:42 pm
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Gonzales:

Morel was promoted Tuesday to Triple-A Charlotte, a source told the Tribune. Morel, a third-round pick in the 2008 draft, batted .324 with 12 doubles and 30 RBIs for Double-A Birmingham.

Second baseman C.J. Retherford was demoted to the Barons after batting .201 in 44 games with Charlotte.

May 28, 2010

Dan Hudson makes to Baseball America’s Hot Sheet [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 6:20 pm
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Hudson at #3:

Team: Triple-A Charlotte (International)

Age: 23

Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 11 SO, 1 BB

The Scoop: Hudson hit rock bottom on April 27, when in a start against Columbus he allowed nine runs on eight hits in only one inning of work. After that outing, his ERA stood at 9.37 and he had allowed six homers through four starts. In five turns since, Hudson has dominated the IL just like we knew he could. He’s gone 3-0, 1.97 while striking out 41, walking just six and allowing one home run in five starts. With his 11-strikeout showing last Sunday, Hudson breezed past Aroldis Chapman to assume the league lead for strikeouts per nine innings with 10.99.

UPDATE: From BA’s prospect hot sheet chat:

Michelle (Florida): Hey do you think you could tell me a little more about Dan Hudson and what kind of potential he has. Also do you see a promotion any time soon to the White Sox.

Jim Shonerd: Hudson has the potential to be a middle-of-the-rotation guy. He’s got a solid low 90s fastball and a good changeup, both of which he can use to pound the strike zone. His delivery has some deception, but it’s high maintenance, which can lead to inconsistency. Given how the White Sox rotation has performed this year and the fact that Hudson went all the way from low A to the majors last year, he could certainly get called back there if there’s an opening. It’s still just his second full season though, so more time to learn in Triple-A won’t hurt.

May 24, 2010

Kevin Goldstein on Dan Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 3:10 pm
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Goldstein:

Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)

If there’s one thing that makes scouts (and those in the prospect-ranking business) nervous, it’s the out-of-nowhere guy. In 2009, Hudson was just that, as the fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft went from Low-A to the big leagues while putting up some off the best numbers in the minor leagues. Sent to Triple-A in order to get more innings, Hudson struggled in April, hitting rock bottom in his fourth start of the year when he allowed nine runs in one inning to raise his ERA to 9.37. Call it adjustments, call it small sample size, but the Hudson we saw last year, with the outstanding command of a deep arsenal is back. On Sunday, he struck out a season-high 11 over eight shutout innings while giving up three hits, and in five May starts he’s whiffed 41 in 32 innings with a 1.97 ERA. If you’re the White Sox and you’re not exactly going anywhere, why not see what you have here?

May 23, 2010

11 K / 1 BB for Dan Hudson today (5/23)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2010 5:17 pm
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Boxscore:

Charlotte
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hudson, D (W, 5-2) 8.0 3 0 0 1 11 0 4.47
Dolsi 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.09

UPDATE: MiLB.com:

Facing the International League’s top scoring team Sunday, though, Hudson was in control. After allowing a leadoff single to the Clippers’ Jose Constanza and another single to Brian Buscher two batters later, Hudson got out of the first and never gave Columbus another chance.

May 21, 2010

Dayan Viciedo on BA’s Hot Sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 21, 2010 12:38 pm
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Mat 21 BA Prospect Hot Sheet:

Age: 21

Why He’s Here: .333/.355/.667 (10-for-30), 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 R, 7 RBIs, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 HBP

The Scoop: Let’s start with the good. After struggling mightily in his first pro season last year with Double-A Birmingham, Viciedo is batting .294/.325/.523 with nine home runs in 40 Triple-A games. He’s been a masher at home, benefiting from a hitter-friendly park in Charlotte to the tune of .327/.383/.691, and he’s crushed lefthanded pitching. A defensive liability last year at third base, Viciedo has moved to first base and made just one error. Yet there are still reasons to be skeptical. Viciedo has drawn just four walks all season, and away from Charlotte he’s hit .276/.290/.429. The power is very real, but Viciedo will have to do a better job recognizing offspeed pitches and working the count if he’s going to be able to make his good start sustainable.

May 17, 2010

Dayan Viciedo hits it out of the park (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2010 11:07 pm
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Big dude…

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May 11, 2010

White Sox sign LHRP Alan Embree

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2010 2:12 pm
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Gonzales:

The White Sox have signed veteran left-handed reliever Alan Embree to a minor-league contract.

Embree has a 4.59 ERA in 882 major-league appearances with nine teams. He will report to Triple-A Charlotte. Boston designated him for assignment on May 1. Embree pitched for the Sox in 2001.

Stats: Fangraphs, B-R

May 8, 2010

Another 0 BB pitching performance tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2010 11:14 pm
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Boxscore:

Charlotte
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hudson, D (W, 4-2) 6.0 7 2 2 0 6 0 5.83
Dolsi 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.29
Aquino 0.2 3 2 2 1 0 1 8.22
Braun (S, 5) 1.1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0.00

April 9, 2010

April 9 links

- Aaron Gleeman says Ozzie Guillen is very worked up about the White Sox’s strikeouts.

- SoxMachine: Charlotte Knights and Birmingham Barons and Winston-Salem Dash and Kannapolis Intimidators previews.

- FutureSox: Charlotte Knights and Birmingham Barons previews.

- Sergio Santos was willing to learn.

- Roland Hemond: “We just traded for a jockey.”

- John Sickels: Prospect Retro: Nick Swisher.

April 2, 2010

Sox Minor-league team’s rosters

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 2, 2010 9:51 pm
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Kannapolis Intimidators’ (Class A) roster. Winston-Salem Dash’s (A+) roster. Birmingham Barons’ (AA) roster. Charlotte Knights’ (AAA) roster.

September 5, 2009

Watch out for Stefan Gartrell says Phil Rogers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ September 5, 2009 2:05 pm
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Rogers:

Gartrell, 25, might be the White Sox’s biggest sleeper since Magglio Ordonez. A 31st-round pick in the 2006 draft, he has hit .280 with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs in 127 games between Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He looks a little like Jermaine Dye on the field and will make the Sox think hard about exercising Dye’s $12 million option for 2010.  “He really has improved his hitting,” Birmingham hitting coach Andy Tomberlin. “He has a chance to hit for serious power.”

September 1, 2009

Dan Hudson coming up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ September 1, 2009 11:43 pm
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FutureSox:

FutureSox is hearing that Dan Hudson was pulled from his start due to an impeding promotion to Chicago, still waiting for confirmation.

BTW, Carlos Torres gets the start on Thursday.

UPDATE: The Newport News, VA Daily Press says so too:

The 22-year-old pitcher, who starred at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach and at Old Dominion University, came back as a member of the Charlotte Knights and pitched three shutout innings against the Norfolk Tides. After the third inning, pitching coach Richard Dotson pulled Hudson out of the game and told him he was being called up to the majors by the Chicago White Sox. “It couldn’t have happened in a better place,” Hudson said between games of a doubleheader. “To get the news here, at this park with all of my friends and family here, it’s crazy to think about.” Hudson said the news caught him by surprise, since he was not among several Charlotte players promoted the day before as major-league rosters expand for September.

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What to expect from Tyler Flowers? (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ September 1, 2009 2:12 pm
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FutureSox:

So with somewhat regular playing time at the Major League level on the horizon, what should we expect from Flowers? He’s going to strike out a lot. He has a long swing and struck out in more than 1/4 of his plate appearances with the Knights so it shouldn’t be a shock if Flowers puts up Josh Fields like K numbers while he adjusts to Major League pitching. He has a lot of pop in his bat and if he can stick at catcher should be a great asset offensively. Don’t expect for him to hit for a high average this month, but if he maintains his walk rate he could be a useful bat for whatever miracle run the White Sox might try to make because he can hit the ball hard.

BTW, Merkin says “don’t be surprised if the rookie catcher of the future gets his fair share of chances to serve as designated hitter over the final 30 games.”

UPDATE: Flowers will wear #39.

August 30, 2009

Peavy needs another minor-league start?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2009 7:47 pm
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Gonzales:

Cooper wouldn’t say whether Peavy, who threw only 68 pitches and 3 1/3 innings for Charlotte on Saturday, would need another rehab start. Nevertheless, the deliberate nature in which the Sox have mapped Peavy’s rehab from a right ankle injury suggests he will need another minor-league outing despite Guillen’s wish to have Peavy make his next start with the Sox.

August 29, 2009

Peavy leaves after 3 and 1/3 with elbow tightness (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 29, 2009 8:42 pm
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In his 4th minor-league start Jake Peavy threw 68 pitches (43 strikes) in 3 and 1/3 innings (4 K / 1 BB). Peavy had said before the game that he wanted to throw 6 innings or 100 pitches. Before leaving the game, Peavy received a visit from trainer Scott Johnson after experiencing elbow tightness.

here’s the pitching portion of the boxscore:

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy, J 3.1 4 2 2 1 4 0 2.93
Jimenez, K 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.30

UPDATE: Peavy will be examined tomorrow by Herm.

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